The SAT Faces Reality

Article posted on Thursday, March, 17th, 2011 at 4:51 pm by Dr. Nancy Berk   (3 comments)

Just when I thought my TMZ/SAT prep idea for Celebrity Vocab Flashcards might be rejected by the cerebral, the College Board gave me hope. Last Saturday, some SAT-takers were given an essay prompt about (gasp!) reality television. While struggling students’ complaints have never been more than “That was hard. Guess I’ll take it again.”, brainiac non-tv testees whined about the reality show prompt like it was Mensa sabotage. Sorry Smartee Pants, I know you’ve won all the science fairs and can answer every question on the SAT and Jeopardy (Oh wait, that’s right, you don’t watch tv.), but throw someone else a bone every now and then. It’s equal opportunity time. Give the kid who can identify a jello shot a chance. Times are changing. This past Monday, Tiger Moms everywhere raced their kids through piano recitals and fencing lessons so they didn’t miss The Bachelor’s Season Finale. Give everyone a rose. SATs have joined the real world where it helps to be well-read but only if you also watch the ill-bred.

© 2011 Nancy Berk


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  • Gail M. Forrest

    OMG not only did I tank the SATs when I took them because they were filled with “word analogies” and I knew about 4 words to say nothing of math which made me sweat and feel nauseaous – I would lose again because I know nothing about reality TV. What “Bachelor?’ I’m still doomed.

  • Nancy,
    I’m hoping that the next SAT question is “What if Paul Revere had had unlimited texting?” Thank you for bringing much needed humor into the college planning conversation!

  • Approve.

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